Before sitting down with us
- Research – think about what attracts you to Chapman Tripp, research the firm, look at our website, talk to former summer clerks, read our news, get up to speed on our awards, find out about our values and when you've done that, think about five genuine reasons why you want to work at Chapman Tripp.
- Prepare – come up with examples of your strengths, knowledge and skills from previous experiences that will illustrate why you are the best candidate.
- Practice – this is a great way to make sure you can articulate your thoughts at the interview. But try not to over-rehearse your answers - they should come across genuine and not over-engineered.
On the day
- Dress smartly. The dress code at all law firms is usually corporate business attire so shine those shoes and present a polished you.
- Know where you're going – familiarise yourself with the interview location ahead of your interview day – travel times, parking options, building entrances.
- Be early – arrive 15 minutes before your interview to chat with one of our recent summer or law clerks. They've been through the process before and will have plenty of great advice to share.
- Give yourself enough time – our interviews usually take 45 minutes but they can run over. Make sure you don't commit to anything directly after your interview so you're not in a rush.
The interview itself
- Introduction – our interviewers will introduce themselves, outline the structure of the interview and try and put you at ease. You will meet with two Chapman Tripp partners and someone from our People & Culture team.
- Our questions – they are designed to gain a good understanding of your experiences and your interest in law. It’s a chance for us to get to know you better, as well as for you to get to know us. Remember, interviews are a two-way process!
- Your answers – think about the skills and attributes you envisage clients need in their lawyers and consider what experiences you’ve had that will equip you to be a great future lawyer.
- Be yourself – a fresh and original response always rings true and can provide interviewers with valuable insight.
- Your questions – this is your opportunity to find out what it would be like to work at the firm. The type of questions you ask can often set you apart from other applicants by demonstrating your motivation and drive.